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Zay: Senate District 17 communities awarded additional COVID-19 response funding

STATEHOUSE (May 1, 2020) — Communities in Senate District 17 will be awarded additional funds through the new COVID-19 Response Program, said State Sen. Andy Zay (R-Huntington). Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) recently announced 49 rural communities across the state received the new federal grant funding.

Below is a list of the new projects and communities awarded funds in Senate District 17.

• Columbia City is receiving $75,000 to provide a delivery service to 75 individuals with disabilities who are living in group homes and supportive living, as well as 125 senior citizens.

• The city of Huntington is receiving $250,000 to fund its existing revolving loan fund framework in order to quickly deploy critical financial resources to small businesses for operations and remote work capabilities.

• The city of Wabash is receiving $250,000 to provide grants to hospitality, food and beverage, tourism, manufacturing and retail sectors. Grant amounts will range from $2,000 to $15,000 and will be available on a first come, first serve basis for applicants meeting the low-to-moderate criteria that are confirmed by a review committee.

“I am grateful for Lt. Gov. Crouch’s ongoing support of our rural communities during this crisis," Zay said. “I am confident these funds will be helpful as our communities work toward being able to bounce back after this economic pause."

More projects will be announced as they continue to be evaluated and reviewed by OCRA.

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